Dope Lemon Smooth Big Cat album coverThe second full-length by Angus Stone’s intoxicating Dope Lemon moniker opens with lead single Hey You (that furry-fandom visual accompaniment!). Hypnotising guitar drone underscores Stone’s drawl, floating in naturally as if he’s cracking a chat.

Scattered drug references (“I got the cocaine flame in my brain” – Salt & Pepper) and seductive observations suggest this alter ego walks on the wild side. The title track builds from strings and flute, xylophone evoking The Cure’s Close To Me. Closing intimately with gentle strumming, harmonica, whistling, and Stone prompting a giggling female companion to sing in parts, this album will make you wanna sway gently under dappled sunlight while wearing silk.

An alternative selection to Barry White once you lure that longtime crush inside for a nightcap.

Smooth Big Cat by Dope Lemon is out July 12 via BMG.

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